NEW YORK, NY, June 27, 2019 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) will kick off its second annual Players Career Summit today in New York which will run through Saturday, June 29th. The three-day summit exposes players to several different industries, specifically Real Estate, Technology and Entrepreneurship, and focuses on teaching players how to best maximize their platforms. Participants will listen to panel discussions, attend company site visits in the NYC area and gain hands-on experience analyzing case studies and partaking in comprehensive business exercises. The summit will also include a SpeedBuild competition presented by BLVCKOPS in which participants will have under three hours to build a business from concept to pitch and will be judged by a panel of industry experts.

A number of current and former NBA players will also participate in the summit as both keynote speakers and panelists, including Chauncey Billups, Danny Granger, Isiah Thomas, Jared Jeffries, John Crotty, Trevor Ariza and Trevor Booker.

Noah Lichtenstein, Co-founder and Managing Director of Crossover and Marc Duval, Director at HFF, will serve as moderators throughout the summit as well as leads for the Technology and Real Estate tracks, respectively.

Additional moderators and speakers include:

  • Aaron Levant – Founder, NTWRK
  • Anthony Rodriguez – Founder & CEO, Lineage Digital
  • Andrew Lee – Global Head of Social Impact Investing, UBS
  • Chamillionaire – Musician, Founder & CEO, Convoz
  • Chris Ostoich - Co-Founder, Blvck Ops
  • Josh Luber - CEO & Co-Founder, StockX
  • Justin Forsett - Former NFL Running Back & Co- Founder, ShowerPill
  • Payne Brown – President, THINK450
  • Zach Weiner – Founder, Overtime

“Part of our goal as a union is to help members recognize the many different opportunities at their disposal,” said Michele Roberts, Executive Director of the NBPA. “Seeing the high level of engagement at last year’s Career Summit was amazing and I am very excited that we are able to provide another group of NBPA members with this platform as they continue their professional development.”

“Our members are interested in educational programs that allow them to stay up to date on the latest trends in the business world,” said Deborah Murman, the NBPA’s Director of Career Development. “Along with our staff, we have a great group of former players and industry leaders that will continue to build on last year’s success and help our members have a unique and productive learning experience.”

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About the NBPA

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Established in 1954, the NBPA’s mission is to ensure that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals -- on and off the court.

The NBPA advocates on behalf of the best interests of all NBA players, including the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, the filing of grievances on behalf of the players, or counseling players on benefits, educational and post-NBA career opportunities.

In addition, the NBPA provides a forum for players to participate in union activities – including executive leadership roles, team representative positions and global community outreach initiatives. The NBPA offers each NBA player the opportunity to get involved in the democratic institution that was created for, continues to exist for and is run by them.